Feeding Tampa Bay | Annual Report 2018-2019

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No one will go hungry.

Annual Report 2018-2019

Pathways to Potential Focused on uplifting our neighbors

Touching more people in need than

toward long-term sustainability, Feeding

any other social service organization in

Tampa Bay nourishes human potential by

the Tampa Bay area, FTB believes

providing access to food and then

every human being has potential, and

leveraging that access to connect those

hunger should never be a barrier to

we serve with empowering resources -

reaching it.

whether it’s supplemental income benefits, job training or employment connections.

Inside This Report Letter from the Leadership...............................................2 Our Pathway to Today.....................................................3-4 A Glimpse Into the Numbers............................................5 Gift of Food...............................................................................6 Gift of Treasure....................................................................7-8 Gift of Time.........................................................................9-10 Gift of Voice........................................................................11-12 The Year in Review.........................................................13-14 Programs Review.............................................................15-16 A Glimpse Forward..............................................................17 Closing Thoughts..................................................................18

A Letter From Our Executive Director and Board Chair This was a special year for Feeding Tampa Bay. The board of directors and all of our colleagues were privileged to see a year of great progress. The

Thomas Mantz Executive Director

Tim Merrick Board Chair

launch of our new strategic plan moved our work further and deeper into the lives of those we serve. For many, the meals we’ve provided over our history have been vital. As we go to print in our annual report this year, we have provided nearly 500 million

short-term need, but also, critically, is a master plan

meals over our 37-year history. Today, those same

for the future. Our colleagues and our board

meals, now combined with a range of empowering

envisioned and developed an expansive plan that

services we offer along with our great partners,

challenged us, taking us further than we’ve gone

become transformational, and lives are forever

before. Indeed, our goal of a Hunger-Free Tampa


Bay by 2025 is bold, audacious and exactly what our community needs. To meet this great challenge we’ll

Through our mission, we want two outcomes: health, which comes from access to nutritious food, and capability, which comes from access to programs, benefits and partnerships. The families we serve must have access to both– meals and opportunity. We’re more aware today than ever that our mission should

need all of you to come alongside us - no great endeavor is ever accomplished alone. But we believe our cause is just, our plan is sound and we’re blessed to have many around us who can lean in and lend a hand - and in so doing, provide a hand up to those in need.

produce real change and we’ve aligned our new strategic plan in just this way. The greatest good we can offer considers both food for today, and also for a lifetime. We know those we serve, our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers, all want out of a food line, and our mission should afford each and every one just that chance. More importantly, every human being wants to live a life of potential, a life of fulfillment - our mission should make that possible.

We see our efforts as Pathways to Potential; the development of real solutions to the enduring challenges in our communities. Our new strategic plan has four pillars (all covered in depth in this report), and each one is built so that it answers the


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Our Pathway to Today Feeding Tampa Bay was founded in 1982 and has grown to an organization that makes a difference in the lives of thousands of people each week. In our 37 years of service, we have built a network of 500 faith-based and nonprofit hunger relief partners to serve hundreds of thousands of food-insecure residents across West Central Florida. Receiving surplus food donations from growers, manufacturers, supermarkets and organized community food drives, we supplied more than 46 million pounds of food to our 10-county service area in the past year. That’s enough to provide more than 3.8 million meals every month to those who would otherwise go hungry. In late 2017, our board and staff leadership began an 18-month strategic planning process that included benchmarking the nation’s most successful food banks, as well as the study of successful corporations in our region. This effort brought leadership to the conclusion that, like a select number in our network, we could materially end hunger in our community by increasing food distribution through innovation and collaboration, while at the same time decreasing the number of neighbors needing food by connecting them to needed benefits and life-changing job training programs. The future challenge for Feeding Tampa Bay is to reach its goal of a Hunger-Free Tampa Bay by 2025.




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MeetHazel Hazel Meet “Haines City was home to many Floridians working in the citrus industry during the 1950s. I grew up packing and grading oranges at my grandfather’s fruit stand. The industry shift after the war left many families without work and the city underdeveloped. As a retired resident, I would have a very difficult time affording a healthy diet at my age without help from the food pantry.”

A Glimpse Into the Numbers Revenue

4.8% 1.9% Government Contracts .8% Shared Maintenance .5% Premier Product Program .2% Shared Maintenance Programs Government Contracts .1% Contributions



Premier Product Program Programs Other Income Donated Food TOTAL

$989,488 $2,260,993 $5,704,085 $616,369 $194,628 $148,368 $108,242,797 $118,156,728


Donated Food

Expenses 1%


.8% Management and General

Fundraising Management abd General Food Distribution Programs TOTAL


Food distribution programs


$1,176,571 $919,798 $114,931,236 $117,027,605

Gift of Food (in lbs.) 5 million+


Publix Walmart

1 million-4,999,999 Winn-Dixie Sam's Club Sunset Growers Gordon Food Service Target C & S Wholesale Grocers Inc. US Food Service

300,000-999,999 Bimbo Bakery Carolina Logistics Aldi US Costco Save-A-Lot Oakes Farms Sprouts Farmers Market Trader Joe's Performance Food Group


Drives .81%

Purchase 2.98%

Total Pounds Procured

Salvage 3.67%

Manufacturers 5.12%

Miscellaneous 5.26%

Produce 8.5%

Government 20.82%

Retail/Wholesale 52.85%

Incoming Food Sources

Scotlynn Sweet Pac Trinity Vegetable Co. Whole Foods BJ's Wholesale Club ButterKrust Coca-Cola North America Cabbage, Inc. Pennrose Farms The Fresh Market Jones Potato Farm Amazon Tampa Townsend Brothers Farm Inc. Jacobs Farm Southeastern Regional Cooperative Riviana Foods Tampa Inc. Fresh Start Produce Sales Southeast Farms Inc. Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Nestle USA Inc. FFE Transportation Services FreshPoint

Recycling Waste Did you know that Feeding Tampa Bay is the largest recycler of food waste in our region? With our tremendous collective impact in reducing hunger, food waste and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to a changing climate, food banking plays a vital role in creating a more environmentally sustainable society.

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Gift of Treasure Financial Donors $100,000+

Bank of America Feeding America Feeding Florida Florida Blue Hillsborough County Social Services Department Johnson, Gary & Melody Moskovitz, Richard & Nancy Professional Golf Events, LLC Publix Super Markets Charities Inc. Spurlino Foundation USAA

$50,000-$99,999 Amazon BJ's Restaurants Mosaic Company SE Grocers Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Lightning Wells Fargo Private Banka Wawa

$25,000-$49,999 Benevity Community Impact Fund Children's Board of Hillsborough County Darden Restaurants Inc. EFSP Hillsborough Enterprise Holdings FrankCrum Corporate Inc. Humana Junior League of Tampa Bay Kellogg Co. Kiwanis Club Of Greater Brandon MetLife New York Yankees Foundation Inc. Shevlin, Steve & Cindy Sykes Enterprises Inc. Sysco Corporation Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau Inc. Tampa Bay Rays Traviesa, Trey & Nina Triad Foundation United Healthcare Services Wholesome Wave Inc.


Allegany Franciscan Ministries AT&T Benchmark International BoxLunch Boyce, Patricia Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Inc.

Capital One Services Chappell, Colleen & Dan Community Foundation of Tampa Bay ConAgra Inc. Costco Crate & Barrel Donovan Benefits and HR Consulting Draeger, William DTCC Dykes, Sandi Finkel, David General Mills GTE Financial Harms, Jeannette & Russell Hattrick's Heiser, Steve & Victoria Henri Landwirth and Family Advised Fund Hogan, Bob & Imboden, Jane Johnson and Johnson Kimmins Terrier Foundation Inc. Kiwanis Club of Tampa Kraft Foods Group Leslie Peter Foundation Lisi, Judith & Ernest Mabel and Ellsworth Simmons Charitable Foundation Inc. MacKinnon, Melissa & Alex Milkey, Jeanne & Kevin Mollick, Kimberly NestFresh Outback Bowl Panera Cares Community Bread Box Program Pepsi Beverages Co. Pinellas Community Foundation Pricewaterhouse Coopers Red Nose Day Senior Citizen Services Inc. Share Our Strength Simply Healthcare Plans Inc. Sonia Raymund Foundation Inc. St. Petersburg Free Clinic Synchrony Bank T. Rowe Price Foundation Inc. TECO Energy TJ Maxx Tom Quinn and Tommy F. Thompson Fund Ultimate Medical Academy United Food Bank of Plant City Walgreens Ward, Bradford Westphal, Nancy & Steve Wickner, Todd & Rita

$5,000-$9,999 7-Eleven AARP Adventist Health System Aetna Aguirre, Rachel Anthem Foundation AWG BerkeleyPreparatory School Brave Church Burr & Foreman LLP Bush Brothers & Company Carlton Fields Caspers Company Catalina Marketing Chinnici-Everitt, Marie & Everitt, Tim Ciarleglio, Steven Coca Cola Refreshments Cohen Family Foundation ComDesign/CompuLink Complete Property Services, LLC Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP Conwell, George Cooley, Carolyn Corelife Eatery Cox, Ronald & Linda Darrey, Jeff & Sharon Dehmlow, Steve Doyle Wealth Management Farha, Erin & Todd Flatwoods Consulting Group Freeman, Nate & Kelly Freitas, David & Kristine Garden Fresh Restaurants Gleason Family Foundation Gray Robinson, P.A. Hamill, Sue & Sue Hedger, John & Donna Hume, Leslie & Richard J.M. Smucker Jewish Benevolent Society of Greater Tampa Bay Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Kendall Jackson Liberty Mutual Lopez, Sandra Lyon-Hall, Jennifer MacLeod, Bruce & Jennifer Mantz, Thomas & Lynne Martin Family Foundation Inc. Maruchan Mendoza, Marco & Brittany Miller, Sheila & Ron National Christian Foundation Omni Hotels and Resorts One CommUnity Now Palano, Robert & Kathleen Pinnacle Foods PNC Bank Produce for Kids

Regions Bank Respect 90 Foundation Ricks, Eric Rine, John Rotary Club of New Tampa Foundation Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino-Tampa Simpson, Paige Sodexo Inc. and Affiliates SoFresh St. Elizabeth Mission Society Inc. Sunshine Combined Federal Campaign Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association Tampa General Hospital Taste of the NFL Visit Tampa Bay Wish Farms

Meet Victor “My mother’s condition worsened quickly and she needed professional care. Our household funds, used to pay mortgage and utilities, were now reallocated to care for my mother.” Victor was connected to Feeding Tampa Bay after filling out a SNAP application online. Less than 24 hours later, he was approved for the full $192 SNAP benefits each month. This monthly allowance has helped Victor maintain a smart diet and better health overall.

Sources of Giving



Unique Gifts






Annual Partners

Those who are committed to contributing $5,000 or more annually to the mission of Feeding Tampa Bay, annual partners provide support for our operations and distributions, and for the numerous programs in place to help eradicate hunger in Tampa Bay. Aetna Amazon Bank of America Capital One Chappell Roberts Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation Mosaic Simply Healthcare Sysco

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Times TECO Ultimate Medical Academy United Healthcare Valley Bank Wawa WellCare Wells Fargo





Special thanks to all who have donated and supported the work of Feeding Tampa Bay. We work tirelessly throughout the 10 counties we serve to ensure our 600,000+ food-insecure residents have the food that they need. We are honored to count you as a partner in our effort to feed our neighbors and lead the community to end hunger. Your financial support is important and greatly appreciated!


Gift of Time

Volunteering at Feeding Tampa Bay is one of the most important jobs in our organization and one of the easiest ways to take action against hunger in our community. All food that comes through our warehouse must be sorted and inspected before being dispersed to the public. Volunteers are responsible for making sure all food is processed through our warehouse and placed in the hands of those who need it most.

$2,081,441 value of volunteer hours


Feeding Tampa Bay’s Mobile Pantry Program brings healthy, nutritious foods directly into areas of need. Refrigerated trucks full of fresh produce, meat, bread and shelf-stable products are driven into at-risk neighborhoods to deliver food to those in need, free of charge. With over 31 mobile pantries occurring each month, volunteers are crucial to their success.

Through our merger with Trinity CafĂŠ in 2019, Feeding Tampa Bay is able to offer more than 40 volunteer opportunities in a variety of positions each week. Shifts range from behind the scenes work (like food sorting and inspecting) to relational opportunities like serving at Trinity Cafe. No matter where you volunteer, each and every opportunity combats food insecurity and contributes to the number of meals put forth to our community.

84,303 volunteer hours served

Eliminating hunger in the Tampa Bay region requires all of us working together to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious food. Thank you for your gift of time, the kindness you show to families in need and your great volunteer spirit in support of our mission. Our programs would not be what they are today without you!



Gift of Voice +21%




Speak Up for


$7.4 Million Earned media value

One of our most critical functions is sharing the stories of those we serve. To do so, Feeding Tampa Bay has continued to gain traction through its PR outreach efforts, securing donations in TV, radio, print and digital placements throughout the year. Some of the notable highlights this year included our government shutdown response, IMAGINE a Hunger-Free Tampa Bay launch, and the Cereal for Summer campaign, with national mentions in Forbes, Yahoo News, MSN, the New York Times and Washington Post. All of these efforts placed Feeding Tampa Bay and hunger relief in front of 457 million sets of eyes.



Creating Advocates Feeding Tampa Bay is a leading advocate for government programs that assist people at risk of hunger. With the help of the Hunger Action Alliance at USF, we conduct cutting-edge research to determine the food needs within our 10-county service area, part of a comprehensive effort to ensure that no one in our region goes hungry.




Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people who are food insecure to participate in the food assistance programs for which they are eligible. Our approach is simple: We identify challenges and opportunities in food assistance programs, analyze the issues using a data-driven approach, develop and advocate for effective solutions, and monitor progress.

Meet Jackson You are never too young to use your voice to impact change. One of our amazing volunteers, Jackson, decided to celebrate his eighth birthday at the food bank! We were honored to host his friends and family and to celebrate his special day! On behalf of everyone at Feeding Tampa Bay, “Thank you for being a #hungerhero!�


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Food, fun, and friendly competition summarize the Epic Chef showdown. This seven-week cooking competition, held at the Epicurean Hotel, pits eight local chefs from across the Tampa Bay area against each other to compete for the title of Epic Chef. Each week the chefs go head-to-head to prepare a tasty, aesthetically pleasing dish in just 30 minutes using mystery ingredients they are given right before each round.


Fork Fight can be best described as elegant and impactful. This unparalleled event blends a fine dining experience with the opportunity to create change in the lives of those we serve. This year, the Fork Fight raised more than 4,160,614 meals over four courses with a total cash revenue of $418,915.

500+ Meals served daily


365 Days a year


Locations... so far

Feeding Tampa Bay Merges With Trinity Café As the needs of our hungry neighbors change, our efforts to serve them must evolve. As of Jan. 1, 2019, Feeding Tampa Bay and Trinity Café merged to address the changing needs of food-insecure individuals and families in our community. Trinity Café is the perfect extension to our mission and a logical next step - with a trained chef and table service, Trinity’s model allows us to satisfy a family’s hunger today with a hot, well-balanced meal. Combining Feeding Tampa Bay’s mobile distribution model with Trinity Cafe’s ability to cook for the masses, our neighbors now have the opportunity to select take-home meals or fresh groceries after their meal to have food for tomorrow. Short-term plans expand the Trinity Café model across our 10-county service area, and long-term plans place Trinity Café locations at the heart of community empowerment centers that provide access to benefits and empower our neighbors to address barriers such as health care, housing and unemployment.

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Ready When Disasters Strike While most years begin with a sense of optimism and determination to approach a new year better than the last, this year was of to a more difficult start. Thousands of families who have never turned to a food bank and thousands more whose circumstances became even more critical than before desperately needed our help. Thank you for helping us rise to the occasion. During the government shutdown of 2019, families were working hard just to get caught up. Feeding Tampa Bay jumped in swiftly to serve our community day in and

day out during this time. To do so, we ...


meals provided

Activated new pantries for federal and non-federal workers, including a Tampa International Airport pop-up pantry, which served 2,884 people. Opened the on-site community market for the first-time as a free grocery store to the general public twice each week so that any federal or non-federal worker could access food for their families and shop for free groceries. Sourced an additional 337,744 pounds of perishable and nonperishable food. Mobilized 1,568 volunteers to help sort nonperishables, pack produce, repackage rice and beans, and support the additional pantries Maximized our new partnership with Trinity Cafe to serve hot meals daily. Our team prepared an additional 300 meals every day beyond Trinity's normal daily service of 500 meals.



people served

Programs Review Our programs strive to ensure all of our neighbors have food for today, food for tomorrow and food for a lifetime. Here are a few highlights from all that our programs were able to accomplish this year: Afterschool Meals Program grew to multiple counties and almost 1,400 meals per day to children. Feeding Minds School Pantry Program reached 25 locations, serving elementary, middle and high schools as well as Hillsborough Community College and USF. In addition to healthy grocery items, families were able to access additional resources. Our SNAP benefits assistance program grew significantly with the addition of staff and stronger partnerships with agencies across our 10 counties. The Nutrition Education team received a significant boost this year with the addition of our Charlie Cart. A working kitchen on wheels, the Charlie Cart allows our team to provide recipes, cooking demonstrations and healthy nudges. My Mobile Market continued to serve communities with limited access to food.

Meet Kim “I refuse to believe that felony means failure. Four months of incarceration resulted in the loss of my job, home and ability to take care of my disabled mother. For over 20 years, I owned a professional home organizing business, and I was ready to get back to work. As a result of my infractions, finding work was very challenging. The FreshForce program has given me hope for a better future.�


Feeling accomplished.

Imagine that. Nourishing human potential starts with a meal because when you’re overcoming hunger the possibilities are limitless. Feeding Tampa Bay is turning the vision of a hunger-free Tampa Bay into a reality. By providing access to healthy food, job training and skills education, we’re reimagining the future of our community. Realize your role in creating a stronger Tampa Bay today. Join the movement at HungerFree2025.com


Closing Thoughts From Our Former Board Chair Over the past seven years of serving on the Feeding Tampa Bay board of directors and recently completing my two year term as chairman of the board, I have been fortunate to be involved in significantly moving our mission forward. This growing momentum has been fueled by the leadership of our senior management team, our employees who effectively execute our work every day and the forward-thinking direction of our board of directors. Positive results only happen when all three entities work in unison, ensuring that we maximize our resources to expand the number of neighbors that we serve. Over the past two years our board has expanded from 21 to 32 members. This has enabled us to better reflect the community that we serve and to expand the knowledge available to carry out the work of Feeding Tampa Bay. Our board members dedicate many hours in attending our monthly meetings, but also invest their expertise and time participating in committee work. This work included the formation of our Strategic Development Committee, and our Building Committee, and the expansion of our Development and Governance Committees.

Todd Wickner Former Board Chair

I am extremely proud of the work that each of these committees accomplished, most notably providing guidance on our strategic plan to move us forward from an organization that primarily fed our hungry neighbors to one that will now also add resources and job training for those in need. This will be accomplished through new programs, while also expanding our core mission work to increase the number of clients that we serve. In addition, our Building Committee carried out the task of assessing the future physical needs of our facility to match those of our strategic plan requirements. These past two years have created a truly solid foundation for a “Pathway to Reaching Our Potential.”

2018-2019 Board of Directors Chairman: Todd Wickner Vice-Chairman: Tim Merrick, MetLife Inc. Immediate Past-Chairman: Jenna Nelson, Sykes Enterprises Inc. Secretary: Marc Spencer, U.S. Trust Treasurer: Dave Freitas, Deloitte & Touche LLP Bill Abercrombie, Tampa Bay Lightning Rick Bennett, Florida Blue Bob Bucciarelli, Sodexho Health Care Colleen Chappell, ChappellRoberts Marie Chinnici-Everitt, DTCC Tampa Jeff Darrey, Vistra Communications and Founding Director, Trinity Café Steve Ellis, Publix Super Markets Dave Finkel

Bob Greenhalgh, Toshiba Business Solutions Tim Guidry, New York Yankees Chris Hagemo, Mosaic Dr. David Himmelgreen, USF – Anthropology Dept. Clara Lawhead, Pasco County, Florida Dana Ludwig, Brown & Brown of Florida Inc. JoLynn M. Lokey, Visit Tampa Bay Mark Pitts, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Tom Scott Tori Simmons, Hill Ward Henderson Norwood Smith, Mainsail Lodging and Development Mike Suarez, Tampa City Council Trey Traviesa, Strategos Group Anna Wiand, GrayRobinson, P.A. Monica Wilson, Community Food Pantry


We’re Ending Hunger. Imagine That. We’re Ending Hunger. Imagine That. We’re evolving so no one goes hungry. We’re evolving so no one Our core hungry. belief that no one should go hungry is goes

the driving force of our dedication to evolve Our core belief that no one should go hungry is the way people get access to food. Feeding the driving force of our dedication to evolve Tampa Bay is committed to reimagining and the way people get access to food. Feeding implementing new solutions-getting the right Tampa Bay is committed to re-imagining and kinds of food in the right ways to all the people implementing new solutions-getting the right who need - to provide 115 million meals every kinds of food in the right ways to all the people year by 2025. who need it - providing 115 million meals every

We’re energizing future potential. When people are healthy,future it feeds and We’re energizing potential. energizes their full goal When people are potential. healthy, it Our feeds andis to ensure our neighbors have access to healthy energizes their full potential. Our goal is to

food. In doing so, we commit that 80% of the ensure our neighbors have access to healthy food we deliver in the future is nutritious food. In doing so, we commit that 80 percent

and encourages living. of the food we healthy deliver in the future is nutritious and encourages healthy living.

year by 2025.

We’re engaging our community. We’re community. By rallyingengaging our partners our and vast network - that’s you - we grow our capability to launch a bold By rallying our partners and vast network - that’s vision of regional community empowerment you - we grow our capability to launch a bold centers. Leveraging every interaction around vision of regional community empowerment food, we will convene resources and training centers. Leveraging every interaction around opportunities to uplift our neighbors toward food, we will convene resources and training long-term stability. opportunities to uplift our neighbors towards

We’re empowering people to have a better future. We’re empowering people to Investing individual capability expands have ainbetter future. opportunities and future prosperity for those Investing in individual capability expands we serve. Through job skills and employment opportunities and future prosperity for those connections, we will ultimately change lives we serve. Through job skills and employment and transform communities, creating a connections, we will ultimately change lives, stronger Tampa Bay and beyond. and transform communities, creating a stronger Tampa Bay and beyond.

long-term stability.



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